Moulay Ismail University of Meknes

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

 Dr. Drissia CHOUIT







Course Description


The aim of this course is three-fold:

  1. To introduce students to the field of sociolinguistics, showing the social and cultural dynamics that impact on language use in particular contexts by different individuals, groups, communities or states, and scrutinizing theories of relevance to these fields;
  2. To introduce students to the field of pragmatics, taking into consideration the power of communication in creating our social worlds and in functioning in society(ies) in appropriate and effective ways, and explaining theories of communication that will empower students to this effect;
  3. To raise students' awareness that language itself is power and that the power of language depends on how it is used in society by different social groups and different speech communities, whether it is used to reflect the dominating/dominated relationships, or it is used as a medium for promoting social justice, social equity and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity.    


Course Contents


              Overview of General Linguistics


I.           Sociolinguistics

a.          The Scope of Sociolinguistics

b.          Language and Dialect

        i.   Main differences between Language and Dialect

       ii.   The Process of Standardization

      iii.   Speech Communities

c.          Language Variation

        i.   Language and Social Context

            1.     Regional Varieties

            2.     Social Varieties (Sociolects)

            3.     Language and the Individual Speaker(Idiolects)

            4.     Linguistic Repertoire

            5.     Register / Styles

      ii.   Languages in Contact

            1.     Diglossia

            2.     Bilingualism

            3.     Code-Switching

            4.     Interference

            5.     Pidgin / Creole / Lingua Franca

       iii.  Language Attitudes

            1.     Language Attitude and Language Choice

            2.     Language Attitude and Language Planning

            3.     Language Attitude and Intercultural 

                    Communication in multicultural contexts

           4.     Language Attitude and Power Relations

                  a.    Imposition and Reproduction of Power

                  b.    Solidarity

                  c.     Mutual Understanding and Social Equity


II.              Pragmatics: Language in Contexts

a.  Understanding the Communication Process                                                        

              i.      Components of Communication

             ii.      Principles of Communication

             iii.     Frameworks for the Study of Communication

             iv.      Barriers to Communication

             v.       Communication, Culture, and Identity             

b.    Pragmatics

             i.      Communication as Social Interaction

            ii.      Relevance Theory

           iii.      Language Change


III.     Language, Power, and Society

             i.      Discourse, Power, and Ideology

            ii.      Political Communication

            iii.      Media Discourse



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Chrosniak, P.N. (2005). "Sociolinguistics." In Encyclopedia of Anthropology. London: SAGE.

Cruse, A. (2006). A Glossary of Semantics and Pragmatics. Finland: Bookwell.

Ennaji, M. & Sadiqi, F. (1994). Applications of Modern Linguistics. Afrique-0rient.

Halliday, M. A. K. & Hasan, R. (1989). Language, Context and Text: Aspects of Language in a Social-Semiotic Perspective. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press.

Hartley, L.C. (2003). "Sociolinguistics." In Encyclopedia of Community. London: SAGE.

Singh, K. (2008). "Language Registers." In Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education. London: SAGE. 

The Routledge Companion to Sociolinguistics. (2007). USA: Routledge.

Trudgill, P. (2000). Sociolinguistics: An Introduction to Language and Society. 4th ed. London: Penguin.

Wardhaugh, R. (2006).  An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. 6th ed. USA: Blackwell.


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02.06 | 08:01

thank you so much professor for these important points.

25.05 | 04:35

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25.05 | 04:23

Already done!

25.05 | 04:22

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